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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Not really - Nissan offroad SUVs have always tended to be heavy. My 90 Pathfinder V6 SE 4x4 Autotragic was just over 4100 with no factory/dealer accessories and full fluids. The comparable 4Runner was ~3700lbs with the automatic. The R50 Pathfinder that's my 4R's contemporary is 4157lbs despite...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    If you want to keep the stock hood, etc., from what I have read and seen you can either put a blower on the stock V6 or swap in an NA VH/VK. The blowers offered for the V8 don't fit unless you start cutting fenders, chopping the hood, etc., at least in installations I've seen. Also, that's...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Well, considering the X starts off life well over 4000lbs, he's probably about 5500lbs now on the same power rating. Time to call Stillen and buy the blower kit or VH45DE/VK56DE swap it!
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Sadly, while Raptors are very popular around here, I've never seen any of them mounting that rack and this is the first I'd heard of it. Makes me wonder how popular that rack is or isn't nationwide - and I'm leaning more towards 'not'. Again, it'd be a shame if so, because I like the idea.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    I wasn't thinking about OEM, but aftermarket. Things like these: Those would not be subject to EPA regs or anything like that. I vaguely recall a Smittybilt or something similar that had popup light installations in the late 80s as the first one someone tried but I only ever saw one a couple...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    People have been trying pop-up roof lights off and on since the 80s. Doesn't seem to really have taken off at any point. Which, IMHO, is kind of puzzling. You'd think some form or another would have caught on even as a cult favorite styling element, but nope.
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    The "Questions for Spectre" thread

    Don't know about the Stang specifically, but end link bushings are usually just a matter of a couple of nuts or a bolt or two and done per side. That said, you may want to go with the black ones. They are graphite impregnated so they are less likely to squeak should (or rather when) the...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Ah, Canadians.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    In addition to what CrzRsn said above... IIRC, the stats say most people will not be rear ending another vehicle. IIRC, only about 30% of all crashes in the US are rear-end collisions. Further, that is EXACTLY how risk is calculated in part. Were you at fault for rear-ending someone else...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    There was another one like that that I can't find right now - guy was using what he thought was spray polish and cleaner to detail his motorcycle. Instead, he'd accidentally grabbed the similar looking can of chain wax (equivalent of gear oil only WAY stickier) and somehow didn't notice the...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Geico is more evil than most insurance companies because they are on record as donating tons of radar guns and other speed enforcement/revenue generating devices to police departments. Not much more evil, but still. :p Ummmm, that's exactly the point of liability insurance and how your policy...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    There are actually good engineering reasons for putting those there - on cars. Centralized accelerometers or inertial sensors like you have on the X and I have on the 4R often have issues working in shorter vehicles with lower centers of gravity. Not that it hasn't been done, but it adds...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Due to a streak of idiot collisions caused by negligence, aggression and stupidity combined with lawn-darting vehicles, my dad's car insurance bill actually went over $12K/year for a while IIRC. :rolleyes: Yes, but cameras and sensors are often flush or near flush with the bumper and get...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    This incident that I saw the aftermath of had the car suffer "a scratch" and a couple of popped clips. Aside from the bumper cover sticking out proud of the fender on the driver's side by about 2mm, this was the only other visible damage. "A scratch" or two as it were. This is the final...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Re: your recent plaint on this very thread - Pot, kettle, black much? Anyway, your point is invalidated by the legions of Euro cars sold in the US with free included maintenance, wherein the vehicles are usually promptly maintained by the factory trained dealership techs at no cost - and wherein...
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